Sunday 15 July 2007

Meccano Magazine Revisited

A further selection of cover art from Meccano Magazine (1926-1929), this time celebrating the world of powered flight. These images illustrate the extent to which aerodynamics rapidly came to define the popular conception of how technology would shape the future. The airship was still a viable concept and offered the prospect of matching the scale of ocean liners in the open skies. Aviation presented opportunities for the illustrators to exercise the imagination and devise some innovative and original ideas. The tail-less aeroplane and the airship as aeroplane carrier represent excursions into an exciting and dynamic future. The conquest of the air changed for ever the artist’s visualisation of the earth’s surface and it is fascinating to see this process at an early stage in these examples.

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